The “Old Regime” is a term applied to the European social, economic, and political development, before the French Revolution. The term had stood for absolute, monarchs, large bureaucracies, and armies led by aristocrats. Cultures were generally traditional, however varies throughout each group. These European cultures were divided into two groups, the Northwestern and the Eastern household. The “Old Regime” was influenced by its economy, in that, the food was scares, had slow transportation, and little iron products. With Europeans depending on their land for profit, they started to change the traditional ways of production in order to increase their profits.
Cultures were generally traditional, however it varied throughout each group. While each community had their own certain privileges, the Europeans where against individual rights. The rules where strict and had to be obeyed in order to be respectful to the hierarchy. “The traditional social and economic outlook was the hierarchical structure of the society”(p. 482).
To wear certain clothing as worn by their higher rank of authority was forbidden and disrespectful.
The economy of the “Old Regime” depended on the land. The European cultures were divided into two groups, the Northwestern and the Eastern household. In the west, most of those who lived in the countryside were free peasants. The ones who lived in the east were mostly serfs. These serfs were an agricultural worker, who cultivated land belonging to a landowner.
Traditional and Nontraditional Cultures of India and the United StatesTraditional and nontraditional cultures incorporate different sets of beliefs, values and behaviors into the individuals involved within each culture. Traditional cultures are cultures that are based largely on beliefs, rules, symbols and principles established predominately in the past and confined to regional boundaries ( ...
Most Europeans worked within the family economy. Because it was impossible to be supported by ones self, the family members worked together. All of the household members worked, and the production went to the household. Most of the European households consisted of married couples. Children usually lived with their parents until their early teenage years, and then they were set off to find other work. These children were set off to find other work because they earned more working outside the home. The ones who lived in the east were mostly serfs. These serfs were an agricultural worker, who cultivated land belonging to a landowner.
With Europeans depending on their land for profit, they started to change the traditional way of production in order to increase their profits. The population increase placed new demands during the 18th century. The growing population and the shortage of land put a demand on the landowners. They had to create a way in the means of faster and the growth of their product. The agricultural improvements began to take place. With the population expanding and the production of food increase, this had an effect of the economy. The owners had to build dikes and drains for their land, so that they could get the most use out of their property. Because of the population growth, the cost of food and grain began to rise. This; in fact, had encouraged a revolution in agriculture.
As the population grew with in the rural areas so did the European cities. The cities consisted of market towns, commerce and financial centers, or capital cities. With the population explosion, it created new demands for food, jobs, and services. The traditional boundaries that were lived by for so long were changing into new traditions. The food and population increased, and farming became commercialized.